Discussion in 'Israel' started by JPhurst, Aug 13, 2002.
Maccabi Haifa 2 - 0 Sturm Graz
2 Goals from Yakubu Ayegbeni (19) (90+3)
Keep it tight and it'll be a trip to the group stages.
Interesting question arises here.
How will UEFA politics deal with the staging of the "home" matches in the group stage?
As of now, all matches in Israel are still banned. I don't think advancing to the group stage will change this.
I understand Fatah, though not Hamas, has called a unilateral cease fire for attacks in Israel itself. Whether this will make a difference, I don't know. And I don't want to venture any closer to politics on this forum than necessary.
My guess is that unless there is some sort of tangible milestone of some sort, and progress that can actually be seen, then the ban will stay. Inertia works against Israeli teams here here, and there will have to be some positive event people can actually point to, not a dropoff in terror attacks to the pre-ban levels.